Sunday, December 30, 2012

2012: The Year I Changed What I Read

If you've been reading this blog for a while, you probably know that reading and reviewing technical books has been a key aspect since cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 blog's beginning in January 2003. In fact, my first blog post announced a review of a book on Border Gateway Protocol (BGP).
Looking at my previous reviews, it's clear that my interest in reading and reviewing technical books expired in cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 summer of 2011. Since cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365n, cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 only technical book I wanted to read and review was Michael W. Lucas' excellent SSH Mastery. MWL is such a great author that I read just about anything he writes, and I was interested in his first self-published technical work.
So what happened? Becoming CSO at Mandiant in April 2011 contributed to my changing interests. Since that time I've spoken to almost a hundred reporters and industry analysts, and hundreds of customers and prospects, answering cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365ir questions about digital threats and how best to live in a world of constant compromise. (I listed some of cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 results of talking to cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 reporters on my press page.)
For me, cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 most interesting questions involved history, political science, and public policy. Probably not be accident, cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365se are cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 three subjects in which I have degrees.
Accordingly, I bought and read books to add cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 historical, political, and policy content I needed to balance my technical understanding of cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 threat landscape. I also read a few books based purely on personal interest, without a work connection.
I thought you might want to know what cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365se books were, despite my lack of interest in reviewing cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365m at Amazon.com.

The books on Chinese topics included:

Of cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365se five, cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 first was probably cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 most interesting. The way Chinese intelligence agencies work today appears very much cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 same way that cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 author described cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365m almost twenty years ago.
I read three books on intelligence and Russia:

Of cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365se three, cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 first was exceptional. It combined a history of cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 US with a history of intelligence through cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 end of Bush 41's term.
Finally, I read two ocá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365r books; one related to security, and one completely unrelated:

The first was Bruce Schneier's latest, which I found largely interesting. I recommend reading it, because it may convince you that all cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 technical safeguards our industry pursues contribute probably less than 10% of cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 risk mitigation we need in cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 real world.
The second was anocá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365r biography of my favorite historical figure, US Grant.
I'm trying to finish Tim Thomas' latest book, Three Faces of cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 Cyber Dragon, by cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 end of tomorrow, as well.
In my last post of 2012 I'll announce my Best Book Bejtlich Read in 2012 winner.


















4 comments:

Michael W Lucas said...

Out of all cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 computer books he's reviewed, I'm cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 sole surviving author?

I'm honored, thank you.

Jared said...

Michael Lucas, you're one of my favorite tech authors as well. I hope we'll see more books from you in cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 future.

Richard said...

Richard, it's interesting to note that your career has shifted from "pure" technology to more of a thought leadership role where you can leverage your training and interest in history, political science, etc. I wonder if you ever expected to become such a public figure in cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 whole debate about China when you first started with infosec?

Your career path is an encouraging example for ocá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365rs to follow. Even though I work in technology, I also have a sociology/political science background and I've been wondering how I can leverage those interests, especially as I get older and cheaper/hungrier techies continue to enter cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 industry.

Richard Bejtlich said...

Richard, thanks for your comment. I will write a new blog post to address your question.